Far Cry Primal Review (PS4)

Far Cry Primal

Another year, another Far Cry review. Not just any Far Cry though, this is Far Cry Primal. This is supposed to be the game that takes this franchise into a different setting and breathe new life into it, meaning that even Ubisoft thought this game was getting a little stale. Did this game get refreshed or was it just another Far Cry game set in a different time period? Keep reading to find out.

Taking place in 10,000 BC you’ll play as Takkar. Takkar thinks that he’s the last of his people, the Wenja. Turns out that while he’s not the last of them, his numbers are dwindling in Oros. Two other tribes, the Udam and the Ull, are basically making the Wenja extinct. So it’s up to Takkar to take over Oros and make the Wenja the main tribe on the land. He’ll do this by defeating the other tribe leaders, taking over camps and forts, and recruiting some major Wenja people that are scattered all over Oros.

BOO! Since the game is set in 10,000 BC, it’s easy to understand why these characters don’t speak English. What’s not easy to understand is why a made up language that sounds a lot like Simlish. I also don’t mind reading subtitles, but seriously could they have gotten any smaller? I had to sit two feet from my TV in order to see them. Very unoriginal and very frustrating.

I came into this game with a fresh mind. Ubisoft wanted a new take on Far Cry and I figured what they hell, maybe it was. Unfortunately I was wrong. Since I haven’t played all of the Far Cry’s, I can say that this game followed the same formula to a T of Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. There was nothing original about this game other than it was set in a different time period. The plot was basically the same, the missions were the same, and the wildlife was basically the same except for a few exotic creatures from the time period. But I mean seriously, it was just elephants with fur. Nothing spectacular about that.

Huh? I mentioned this before in one of my weekly trophy blogs, but seriously is it just me or are all the women in these Far Cry games bat shit crazy? The leader of the Ull, the Wenja woman obsessed with collecting the Udam ears. I mean seriously, has there ever been a decent female character in any of these games?

If you’ve played Far Cry before then you’ll know how to play this game because the playability is basically the same. Instead of guns you’ll be using bows and arrows, spears, and of course a club. Can’t be a cave man game without a club. All the mechanics are the same so it shouldn’t be a problem. One good thing that I can say about this game is that it was well developed and I didn’t have any problems with bugs or glitches or anything like that. The game ran smoothly and operated flawlessly.

I would say that I was impressed with the graphics for this game, but having played Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, the graphics are basically the same. All of them are set in a jungle setting and so was this game. Ubisoft really needs to take a chance with this franchise and not use the same setting in order to show off what can be done on new systems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used some textures and landscaping from Far Cry 4 and just put it into this game. The animals were ok, but like I said we’ve seen this before so it was nothing spectacular.

There are a total of 51 trophies for this game. All of them are extremely easy to get and require you to really just play the game. You’ll get them naturally as long as you do every single mission the game has to offer as well as every single side mission. You’ll have to do a lot of exploring as well, but that’s really the point of the game. I was able to knock this trophy list out in a week and 5 days and I wasn’t really even trying.

Gone is the weird multiplayer from Far Cry 4, which is a good thing, but also gone is the Co-op. While I’m glad that multiplayer is gone, it was just terrible and forced into a game that didn’t need it. I did miss the Co-op just a little. Not the Far Cry 4 co-op, but the Far Cry 3 kind of Co-op. I think it would have been nice to add a few missions, separate from the game, in there that had to be played in Co-op mode to liven things up a bit.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ New time period setting that is rarely done in video games.
+ Gone is the Far Cry 4 multiplayer which was an absolute mess.
+ No bugs, glitches, or errors to dampen your playing experience.

What’s Not So Great:
New setting, same Far Cry story. Nothing new here.
Graphics that were borrowed from the other games within nothing really original.
No new and original characters, most of them were copies from other games with their similar personalities.

If you’re a Far Cry fan, then you’ll probably want to play this game as anyone else who has been playing game after game in a franchise will. The only thing is that you shouldn’t expect something new and fascinating because it’s not here. What was supposed to be a game that rejuvenates a series that was getting stale, like Assassin’s Creed, this game fails miserably as it’s the same game set in 10,000 BC. While it’s not a horrible game, it’s not something that’s worth your $60.


This Week in Trophies 08-28-2016 – 09-03-2016

This was a mixture of boring and crazy, if you could believe that, all rolled into what felt like a really really long week. While I did get a lot of gaming done, I also had a super busy week and for some reason it never feels like I can game enough anymore. Have I mentioned how much I hate being an adult? A real adult that has to work in a non-dream job environment. Anyway, here’s the newest trophy count.

Dragon Age: Origins – 98%

I re-started an old favorite last week and my first priority was to finish that damn Darkspawn Chronicles DLC. I can gladly report that I did and I’ll have my review of the DLC as a whole up within the next couple of weeks. Other than that it’s back to playing the main game before playing my final DLC The Golems of Amgarrak.

Far Cry Primal – 100%

Just as I kind of predicted, I finished this game this week and was able to get the platinum trophy. Go me, platinum trophy # 62. I never in a million years thought I would have been able to get this many platinum trophies, but sometimes dreams do come true. Anyway, I’ll have my full review of this game up within the next couple of weeks. I have a ton of reviews and everything is kind of backlogged, like the pile of games I still have to play. Bonus Points! If you can find the trophy snapshot that made me giggle.

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Fallout 4 – 82%

I started playing Fallout 4 again this week with the release of Nuka World. I’m not sure what to think of this DLC yet as unlike the main game it kind of encourages you to be a shitty person. I’m on the fence whether or not I like it yet, mostly because Piper left me when I decided to open fire on some friendly factions, but then again I really like playing the bad guy. I’ve also made more money in this DLC than I have throughout the whole game. Anyway, I’m at a point where I’m kinda stuck with an enemy that kills me within 5 seconds and I’m not sure where my last save is going to take me. So yeah…kinda screwed but I’ll see if I can figure something out.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division – 1%

I finished Far Cry Primal and felt like I deserved to start a new game so I did. This one is kind of a surprise I know, but I did get this one on a very good sale that I’ve been waiting for and decided to not wait until the end of the year. So far I’m really loving this game, granted I’m not that far into it and I might tell you next week that I hate this game, but right now I love it. The only problem is that I really can’t tell if my character is male or female. It’s not a big deal, but I’m pretty sure I choose the female option, she just looks really androgynous.

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That was it for this week, in my opinion it was a pretty badass week as I finished a DLC, got a platinum trophy, started some DLC, and started a new game. Now for next week it really depends on how my week goes, but I’ll be playing some more Dragon Age: Origins, continue playing Tom Clancy’s The Division, see if I can get myself out of a very sticky situation in Fallout 4, and probably start Minecraft for the PS4. Yes I know, I really didn’t want to play this game, but someone that has helped me out over and over again, LMD, has requested that I play and since he’s helped me out so much I feel obligated. I’ll let you know how things went next week.


This Week in Trophies 08-21-2016 – 08-27-2016

My few weeks of normalcy went out the window this week as I went back to a crazy schedule that believe me I had no intention of working this week. I started a new game this week, which you’ll see shortly and had every intention of playing as much as possible. That being said, none of that happened as I worked so much this week by the end of the day I just felt like binge watching some TV shows.

Minecraft – 9%

I really don’t know what made me pick this game up this week on my PS3 and just start playing again. I think it had something to do with the fact that I was so desperate to spend a day using my PS3 that I just picked something and went with it. I spent a few hours with this game and got a few trophies in the process. Nothing major or groundbreaking happened.

Far Cry Primal – 45%

I really couldn’t touch that Ghostbusters game this week and decided to delete a few games from my system in order to add this one on. I got this one on sale, you know I was waiting for one, and decided that this was the perfect time to play since I didn’t think my week would be overly full. Unfortunately I was wrong and didn’t get to spend as much time with this game as I wanted to. While I enjoy playing so far, I have to say is it me or is it this recurring theme in all of the Far Cry game that the women are just a bunch of super crazy bitches? I can’t be the only one to notice this pattern.

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That was it for this week, a decent amount of trophies when you think about the actual amount of time I had to play. For the upcoming week, I’ve made my decision that my PS3 game of choice is going to be Dragon Age: Origins as I go back and clean up some DLC trophies. I will be starting a new character, which is always fun and getting lost in that world that I know so well once more. While I do that I’ll also be continuing to play Far Cry Primal. The way that this game is going, I’m pretty sure I can have the platinum for this game by the end of the week. I’ll let you know how things went next week.